What item of clothing other than the T-shirt holds such an essential place in a wardrobe of a man, whatever his age, nationality, job, style, country or favourite hobby? No other! From this observation, Kris Van Assche has created a 2013 Spring-Summer collection that plays with the status of this basic item. From this concept, were born hybrid clothes mixing city and sports, with a twist that recalls the very first KVA collections.
From the world of sports to the city and vice versa! The front and collar of a white poplin shirt are blended with the back and sleeves of a jersey cotton T-shirt. Other combinations and variations are worn with trousers and shorts that are embellished with ultra smart flat pleats, drawstrings or elasticated waists… In this collection, a constant to-ing and fro-ing between the urban and the sports worlds, blurs even more the role of the T-shirt. The exercise is subtle, the result is perfectly accomplished.
Respectable shirts are patterned with Argyle shapes on a white background as a reminder to supporters’ pennants. The black suit adopts a sportswear look. Some trousers are fitted with a zip at the ankle, whereas jackets billow out at the back thanks to pleats that act as a ribbing. Short sleeves are superimposed on longer ones in an effect that confuses the eye. Sweat-shirts sleeves can be removed instantly thanks to a zip. The same for jackets. The shape of jogging bottoms is revisited through the use of woollen materials and draperies with an urban micro square pattern. Parkas and windbreakers are cut out of a crispy, paper-like fabric. Flannel is used in a novel way to create bags with leather finishing touches for the fourth season of collaboration with Eastpak.
The exchange between worlds is also illustrated by the use of denim, as part of the renewed association with Lee. From the pleated trousers to the narrow tie, the raw fabric is cut with an unusual style. Hybridisation can also be found in shoes, especially the derbies with a Velcro system attached.
White poplin and jersey, black cotton twill and summer wool, micro square pattern, gabardine, Milano knit, flannel and paper-like fabric. Beige, sky blue, indigo and red.
Photos & text Copyright Kris Van Assche.